There are many ways to be a peacebuilder! If you need help getting started, here are some ideas for action…we will continue to add to this list, or you can create your own way to take up the Peace Day Challenge!
What is most important is to take an action to promote or create peace, and to share it on social media on September 21, 2015 at #PeaceDayChallenge, to inspire others and to show the power of global engagement!
As an Individual
- Take one peacebuilding action in the course of your day on 9/21. For example, help tone down an argument at home; show kindness to someone in your community who needs help; or challenge yourself to talk to someone with a different point of view on an issue that matters to you, and seek to understand their perspective.
- Commit to an act of forgiveness, and share using #forgiveforpeace
- Spread the word about an organization that’s working to help those affected by violent conflict around the world; by promoting their work, you can raise awareness about an issue that matters and how it’s being addressed. If you can, donate to that cause.
- Sign up and complete your Virtual Passport to Peacebuilding on the Global Peacebuilding Center website, earning stamps as you learn more about conflict management and peacebuilding around the world.
- Watch a documentary or other film to learn more about important global issues of peace and conflict, and share one story or example with one other person.
- Read to a child in your life one of the books from this list, or others, which illustrate the skills, attitudes, and dispositions that can be adopted and nurtured in even the youngest peacebuilders.
- Sign up to volunteer for an organization that’s working to make positive change in your community.
- Post the Peace Day Challenge flyer in your office or community center to raise awareness of this day and engage others in action.
- Find a quote about peace that inspires you to act, and share the quote and the action you are compelled to take at #peacedaychallenge.
- Make a personal pledge to being a peacebuilder from now on, by seeking nonviolent ways to manage conflict and by seeking out opportunities to take positive action for peace in your community and in the world. Share your commitment and motivation at #peacedaychallenge.
Or, join up with others, and pursue an activity from the list for groups, below!
As a Group
- Create a Peace Club in your school or community, to educate yourselves about peacebuilding, gain new skills, and identify ways to take action! Find out how with our Starter Kit!
- Organize an event to mark the International Day of Peace and raise awareness of a peace issue that matters to you. There are many formats to choose from—a film screening, a book club discussion, a public forum with a guest speaker, etc.
- Hold a bake sale or other event to raise money for an organization that is working to help those affected by violent conflict.
- Find a group volunteer opportunity that will contribute to positive change in your local community. Organizations like the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club may be a good place to start.
- Make posters about the International Day of Peace, and share them in your school or community.
- Make a video about a peace-related issue that matters to you and why; spread the word by sharing it with others on social media.
- Research other groups who are taking action for the International Day of Peace and send them a message to express solidarity.
- Create a “peace pledge” for your school or organization or community, expressing your values and your commitment to taking action to build peace going forward.
See other ideas from the “For Individuals” list above!
- Encourage your students to take action around an important issue in their school, community, or world, by organizing a Peace Club.
- Organize an event at your school to mark the International Day of Peace – it can be a school-wide assembly, or an evening event, or a lunchtime program to highlight peace themes and encourage conversation among the students.
- Discover diverse meanings of conflict with your students through Extension Activity 1, “Understanding the Language of Conflict through Metaphors,” from Lesson 1.1 in the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – High School Version.
- Explore perceptions of peace through Lesson 1.2 in the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – High School Version and Middle School Version.
- Have students research peace symbols in the U.S. and in other parts of the world and ask them to design their own peace symbols in small groups.
- Have students work in small groups to research proverbs around the world about peace and select one to present to the class. They can present the meaning of the proverb as a human statue, a drawing, or in some other way.
- Introduce your students to the process and skills of mediation using Lesson 2.9 in the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – High School Version and Lesson 2.4E in the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – Middle School Version.
- Check your students’ knowledge of peacebuilders and challenge them to learn more about individual peacebuilders in Lesson 3.1 of the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – High School Version and Middle School Version.
- Help your students identify international, national, and local peace organizations and ways to support them in Lesson 3.2 of the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – High School Version and Lesson 3.3 of the Middle School Version.
- Help your students envision a peaceful future by collectively drawing, painting, or writing out the family, school or community that you most desire. Who is there? What is there? How do people problem solve? How do people share resources? How do people work with one another? How do people live? Post in a public space to remind everyone of the vision you are working towards. (Adapted from the “Future Visioning – Paint and Post the Future” activity in the Ceeds of Peace Toolkit)